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Bobby Jindal


Updated: 09/23/15
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Mandate E-Verify-plus
  • While Gov. Jindal has not spoken about E-Verify on a national level, in 2011 he signed into law legislation requiring Louisiana state contractors to use E-Verify and legislation requiring all Louisiana businesses to use the system or face fines. Jindal needs to air his views on mandating its use nationwide to improve his grade. Source: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/07/gov_jindal_signs_illegal_immig.html

Prevent illegal border entries & surges
  • Gov. Jindal has made it clear that the border must be secured before there can be any talk of legalizing illegal aliens: "Step 1: Secure the border. Do this first. It’s time to get it done. We cannot trust bureaucrats or agencies to determine when the border is secured, so we should instead adopt a goal that can’t be manipulated — such as complete implementation of fencing, technology, and other security methods — and only then should we decide whether that approach has worked or not. We should consider the border secure only when the properly elected representatives of the people agree it is secured. Border-state governors and the U.S. Congress must be the ones who verify that our borders are finally secured. " Jindal has also made it clear that throwing money at the border won't solve anything: "we have to secure the borders--and I mean, let the border governors certify it as secure. Let's not measure it in terms of just dollars spend or effort expended. Let's actually look at results. Once we do that, I think there is broad agreement on legalization." While Jindal is supportive of securing the border, he has not addressed the recent border surge and the need for more judges to deal with the border surge case backlog. Sources: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/352983/botching-immigration-again-gov-bobby-jindal and http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Bobby_Jindal_Immigration.htm

Implement Interior Enforcement
  • In an August 2015 interview with Newsmax Jindal said, "We need to secure the border, get rid of these sanctuary cities … we got to stop the hyphenated Americans…When did we think as a country [that] the president, the courts, the cities, get to pick and choose which laws they want to enforce, which laws they want to ignore?" Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/bobby-jindal-immigration-border-hyphenated/2015/08/11/id/669655/

  • Jindal said mayors of sanctuary cities should also be liable for civil damages. He told Boston Herald Radio in August 2015, "Especially if the prosecutor isn't taking action or if the mayor's not changing their ways, I'd allow the families to go to court and sue them civilly as well to recover damages." Source: http://www.latinpost.com/articles/69874/20150804/immigration-reform-latest-bobby-jindal-sanctuary-city-mayors-criminally-accountable.htm
  • While in Congress, Gov. Jindal voted to defund sanctuary cities, cosponsored the CLEAR Act to enhance local enforcement, and voted to prevent illegal aliens from getting drivers licenses.
  • In July 2015 Bobby Jindal released a proposal to hold government officials of sanctuary cities accountable for the crimes committed by illegal immigrants. Dubbed the “Partners in Crime Plan,” Jindal’s proposal recommends that Congress criminalize sanctuary city policies by making city officials that enact those policies as an accessory to the crimes committed by
    the illegal aliens those policies enabled. Gov. Jindal said, “My plan will hit these lawless city leaders where it hurts by holding them directly accountable for crimes,” he added. “If on their watch, an illegal immigrant breaks the law, we will count sanctuary city leaders as accessories and force them to pay for these crimes. Sanctuary City leaders are flouting the laws of the United States and that is unacceptable.” Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/30/jindal-hold-sanctuary-city-mayors-accountable-for-illegal-aliens-crimes/

Finish entry-exit system to track visa overstays
  • Gov. Jindal, as a U.S. Representative, voted to require the implementation of a biometric entry/exit system. This was not a stand-alone bill and remains his only action in this category and we have been unable to find any comments he has made regarding an entry/exit system.

End automatic birthright citizenship

Oppose work permits for illegal immigrants
  • Gov. Jindal is in favor of granting work permits to illegal aliens, but wants to secure the border prior to doing this. "Once we [secure the border], I think there is broad agreement on, like you said, on legalization. There is broad agreement on letting people work here and contribute to our economy, if they learn the language and they pay a fine and they go pass a criminal background check." Sourcehttp://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/bobby_jindal_cnn.html
  • In a July 2015 fundraising email Gov. Jindal criticized Jeb Bush’s position on giving amnesty to those who are already in the US illegally but does not describe how his plan differs from Bush’s. “During a recent Spanish-language interview with Telemundo, Jeb Bush called for amnesty for those who are in our country illegally,” Jindal wrote in a fundraising email to supporters."I wish I could say I’m surprised." The e-mail goes on to say the government “should not and must not reward those who came to this country illegally.” Source: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/bobby-jindal-slams-jeb-bush-amnesty-despite-similar-position

Support overall reduction in annual immigration
  • When asked if the U.S. should take in more Syrian refugees during the September 2015 CNN Presidential Debate Jindal responded, “The answer is not to put a band-aid on this and allow even more people to come to America. We should not short-circuit. We've got a vetting process. We've got a normal refugee process. Simply allowing more people into this country doesn't solve the problem. The way to solve this problem is for us to be clear to our friends and allies that we're going replace Assad [in Syria], we're going to hunt down and destroy ISIS. Our friends don't trust us and our enemies don't fear us.” Source: http://www.ijreview.com/2015/09/422488-bobby-jindal-asked-10000-syrians-coming-us-brought-obamas-red-line/

  • In July 2013 Gov. Jindal unashamedly called for a massive increase in overall immigration numbers: "Increase legal immigration, by a lot. Letting folks into our country who want to work, get an education, and improve their lives is good for them and good for us. We should increase legal immigration not only for unskilled laborers, but also for skilled workers from all over the world." Gov. Jindal also said, "What I believe we need is a system of high walls and a broad gate. Right now, we've got the opposite. We've got low walls and a narrow gate." Sources: http://www.nationalreview.com/agenda/353017/gov-bobby-jindal-immigration-reihan-salam and http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/bobby_jindal_cnn.html


End chain migration
  • Gov. Jindal has not addressed the issue of chain migration.

Protect against unfair work-visa competition
  • Gov. Jindal has spoken often of increasing foreign worker numbers, but has not spoken about protecting American workers: "Increase legal immigration, by a lot. Letting folks into our country who want to work, get an education, and improve their lives is good for them and good for us. We should increase legal immigration not only for unskilled laborers, but also for skilled workers from all over the world. We need to stop educating the world’s best and brightest engineers and scientists and then upon graduation kick them out of the country so they can compete with us and create growth and wealth in other countries." Source: http://www.nationalreview.com/agenda/353017/gov-bobby-jindal-immigration-reihan-salam

End visa lottery
  • Gov. Jindal twice voted to end the visa lottery while a U.S. Representative. We have not found evidence of him addressing the topic since.